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Jameer Nelson has a decision to make — by Friday

May 10, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

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Jameer Nelson has a life-changing decision to make and not much time left to make it.

Nelson has a player option to make $7.8 million next season, or he can become a free agent. There would be some demand for him on the market — especially after a good playoffs where he averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 assists per game — but what he really would be looking for is a three or four year deal. He might give up a little money short term for some long-term security. (Although I doubt he’d give up much if any money, what he makes is the going rate for a quality starting point guard.)

But, he has to make the decision by Friday. From the Orlando Sentinel.

The Orlando Magic’s co-captain and starting point guard must make a decision whether invoke his player option for the 2012-13 season, and General Manager Otis Smith said that Nelson is contractually obligated to make his choice known within three days of the Magic’s final postseason game.

The problem for Nelson is, he wants to know little details like who the coach will be and who the general manager will be and maybe if Dwight Howard is going to be sticking around. And he’s not going to know any of that by Friday.

“I can’t make the decision until some other decisions are made around here,” Nelson said. “I want to be here in the Orlando Magic uniform. I love being here. I love being in the city.”

My guess is he declines the option, for a few reasons. One is he wants to be in control and if he picks up the option the Magic could trade him; as a free agent he can sign back up with Magic if they make moves he likes, or he can listen to other offers.

Another reason is he can get the multiple years he wants. Being in the last year of a deal can be good if you put up big numbers, but it comes with injury risks as well. Right now he is healthy, he can get a good deal.

The question is will it be in Orlando?

  1. 20dollardinners - May 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    It will be interesting to see what he is worth to teams. I am not sure he is worth much more than the mid-level exception. I loved him in college and he has had his moments with the Magic, but he is not a top 10 guard.

  2. UCFpirate - May 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Kurt – According to the OS Nelson has until June 15th to decide.

  3. 00maltliquor - May 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Although he won’t make that much money in one year with another team, he should bolt where he wants to go. If he doesn’t he will be stuck on a one year contract and traded to God knows where. I repeat, if he stays, he WILL be used as trade bait to try to bring in some new, sexier piece to appease her majesty. He’s one of the better chips the Magic have on the table and they are in the buisness of cleaning house. Take off to where YOU want to go Jameer, Dwight ain’t yo friend lil’ homie, you will be the sacrificial lamb if you stay and your “friend” won’t say a thing.

  4. mungman69 - May 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    He should take the Orlando deal.

  5. oms0004 - May 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    If Deron falls through for Dallas?

    • gmsalpha - May 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      That’s like half a question.

      If Deron falls through for Dallas…..then what? Finish your thought.

      • franchiseplaya - May 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        pretty sure you and everyone else knows what he’s getting at. don’t be a troll.

        as far as the point he’s making i wouldn’t expect it to happen. if dallas is also going to make a run at d12 i’m sure picking up the same PG that he thought was ineffective in orlando wouldn’t be a selling point.

    • bozosforall - May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Pretty sure that the Lakers would give Jameer a good look, that is if they decide that Sessions wants too much to come back next season.

  6. sirclutch - May 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    No chance he doesn’t opt out. Should be able to get a 3-yr $15m contract minimum imo…likely a lot better. With the uncertainty around the Magic right now I wouldn’t bank on Dwight being back for the start of the season.

  7. tomshoe - May 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Don’t take the contract Jameer.

    I think you deserve some freedom, after having to witness the INdecision 2012 last year.

  8. kpow55 - May 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Orlando has dangled him multipel times to other teams. The D12 situation is a mess. I’d say get the duck out of fodge and pick ANY of the other .500 or above teams that need a veteran guard.

    “I want to lay for a playoff team”….. good news 1/2 the league gets in, you have a 50/50 shot.

  9. raidmagic - May 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    He actually has until the 15th of the month. The verbage in the contract states the 15th of the month or 3 days after their season ends

  10. lastdukestreetking - May 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Has until June 15 to decide.

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